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What's Your Favorite Vintage Esterbrook Nib?

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#21 Estycollector

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 14:52

You realize of course, that we're never going to find them again after this.  Maybe I should delete my post....

 

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 15:24

You realize of course, that we're never going to find them again after this.  Maybe I should delete my post....

 

I think I still have a box.   Maybe I should start selling.    :lol:



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Posted 13 June 2020 - 15:50

There's a 9461 on eBay for $13 plus shipping. 


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Posted 13 June 2020 - 16:52

 

I think I still have a box.   Maybe I should start selling.    :lol:

 

Only if you're not going to accumulate any more Esterbrooks.  Fat chance.


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Posted 13 June 2020 - 18:37

1551 Student. Cheap and cheerful and darn near bulletproof. 


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Posted 13 June 2020 - 19:57

 

Only if you're not going to accumulate any more Esterbrooks.  Fat chance.

 

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 23:10

The 6668 and the 8999.

There is also a ball point renew point that is quite nice.
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Posted 14 June 2020 - 05:59

The 6668 and the 8999.

There is also a ball point renew point that is quite nice.


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 19:44

There are so many!   Here are a few. 

 

10 Commercial is a good shoulder pen, but not common

11 Albata (but very rare)

14 Bank pen has great action, especially the earlier ones

Of course the 048 Falcon

123 as a general pen

149 Pacific Railroad (though I like the original better than Esterbrook's copy)

128 EF elastic pen

239 Chancellor and 442 Jackson are my favorite stubs

256 Tecumseh is quite nice but very uncommon

453 Business and College has very nice spring and high durability for a medium point

477 Postal is my favorite turned-up point

The 556 and 571 Vertical Writers and 761 Natural Slant are great semi-firm all-arounders

854 Spoon just is fun to write with. 



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Posted 15 June 2020 - 00:15

What's your favorite nib for an Esterbrook fountain pen, Andrew? The 9048?


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Posted 15 June 2020 - 11:24

Actually, it's 9556, with a specific 1555 Gregg whose tip was broken off and smoothed into a stub by someone a long time ago, in a close second. I have a fairly flexible (for an Estie fountain pen nib) 9048, but I'm spoiled by dip pens and I can't enjoy it as a flexible nib. 



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Posted 15 June 2020 - 11:59

Firm-medium #2668 does it for me.



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Posted 15 June 2020 - 14:21

Actually, it's 9556, with a specific 1555 Gregg whose tip was broken off and smoothed into a stub by someone a long time ago, in a close second. I have a fairly flexible (for an Estie fountain pen nib) 9048, but I'm spoiled by dip pens and I can't enjoy it as a flexible nib. 

I find that my 2048 has more flex than my 9048. I'm not sure why.  I need to get back to playing with the dip pens again.


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Posted 15 June 2020 - 14:38

Actually, it's 9556, with a specific 1555 Gregg whose tip was broken off and smoothed into a stub by someone a long time ago, in a close second. I have a fairly flexible (for an Estie fountain pen nib) 9048, but I'm spoiled by dip pens and I can't enjoy it as a flexible nib. 

 

The Esterbrook "flex" renew point nibs really don't have anything that you would call flex.   If you look for the wartime "teardrop" nibs, they have a much thinner profile, and also a decent amount of flex.  I have one of those in the 9048 nib (gold plated to boot), and it really does have flex to it.

 

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 21:14

Has anyone named the 2442 Falcon as their favorite?


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Posted 15 June 2020 - 21:17

I was just about to mention that it is one of my favorites.


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 09:53

I'd go for the 2442, but it is based on the #442 Jackson rather than the 048 Falcon, my favorite. What's the FP nib based on the 048? Would it be either the 2048 or 9048? I am curious if the FP nibs are as flexible as the 048?


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 10:37

I'd go for the 2442, but it is based on the #442 Jackson rather than the 048 Falcon, my favorite. What's the FP nib based on the 048? Would it be either the 2048 or 9048? I am curious if the FP nibs are as flexible as the 048?

 

The 2048 is the closest to the 048.  The 9048 has no physical resemblance to either.  See my comments above - the FP "flex" nibs really don't have anything you would consider flex.  The wartime nibs (left nib in the photo above) have some flex, even on nibs that aren't supposed to be.  I have one of those in a 9048, and it really is what you would call a flex nib.  I just don't use it ever, because it is a gold-plated nib on a prototype pen.

 

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 11:16

Thank you for explaining. 


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 15:47

Most of the renew points are loosely based on their dip pen predecessors. People knew the numbers of their favorite pens and so Esterbrook hoped they would gravitate to the fountain pen equivalent. None of the stainless steel nibs, even the SS dip nibs that Esterbrook made, can come close to the flex of the steel pen equivalents. But then they are much smoother and easier to write with, and don't corrode. 



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